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Oil Spill Decimated Galapagos Iguanas

By Cat Lazaroff

PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 6, 2002 (ENS) - Thousands of marine iguanas died within a year after a grounded tanker spilled almost 800,000 gallons of oil near their island home in the Galapagos. A new study shows that the iguanas, representing about 62 percent of the island's population, may have starved after the oil killed beneficial bacteria in their guts.

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Some Animals Excluded in Welfare Act

Tue May 7,2002

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal law protects cats, dogs and rabbits used in biomedical research, but Congress isn't likely to extend those protections to rats, birds and mice.

In 2000, the Agriculture Department agreed to write rules that, for the first time, would have applied the Animal Welfare Act to rats, birds and mice, who make up 95 percent of research animals. The rules sought to ensure they had adequate space, air, food, water and clean cages and felt as little pain as necessary.

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Pets May Raise Asthma Risk Among Adolescents

Tue May 21, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having a furry pet in the house may increase an adolescent's risk of developing asthma, new research suggests.

Investigators found that older children and teens with any pet in the home were 60% more likely than others to develop asthma, and the risk was particularly associated with dogs. Kids with humidifiers in the house were also at increased risk, according to findings published in the May issue of Epidemiology.

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UW Animal Care Committee Investigates Monkey Experiment

By Laurel Holliday

May 09, 2002 -- In 1993, Julie M. Worlein received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Developmental Psychology and Animal Behavior. After earning her degree, she did a post doctorate at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where Mark Laudenslager, Ph.D., has been conducting maternal deprivation studies with macaque monkeys for over 18 years.

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15 More Elephants Killed in Kenya; Toll Hits 25 in April

By Jennifer Wanjiru

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 19, 2002 (ENS) - Hit by a fresh wave of poaching, Kenyan authorities have deployed a massive hunt for poachers who this week left 15 elephants dead in the Samburu game reserve. This brings to 25 the number of elephants killed this month in Kenya.

In early April, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) reported the slaughter of 10 elephants in the expansive Tsavo East National Park by what was described as a "well organized gang of ivory poachers."

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Whale Meat Toxics Ignored in Push for Commercial Whaling

CANBERRA, Australia, April 15, 2002 (ENS) - The latest scientific research has cast "a disturbing light" on the Japanese Whaling Association's push to encourage young people to eat more whale meat, says Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for the Antarctic, Dr. Sharman Stone.

"It is very surprising that the Japanese are encouraging the eating of whale meat with shoppers queuing for free samples of canned whale stew, deep fried whale meat and blubber recipes in downtown Tokyo," Dr. Stone said Friday.

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Hunters Driving Asian Species to Extinction

KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK, Thailand, April 10, 2002 (ENS) -

Uncontrolled hunting and trade form the greatest threats to wildlife and wild lands in Asia, charges a group of experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society. The group, which held a workshop in Thailand's Khao Yai National Park last week, said long term studies show that current patterns of hunting and wildlife trade are not sustainable, and could drive wildlife to extinction.

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What Do Those Barks Mean? To Dogs, It's All Just Talk

By MARK DERR

The popular understanding of dog barking is almost like a silly riddle: Why do dogs bark? Because they can.

But a small band of researchers around the world, trying to separate fact from speculation, are finding that dogs almost always bark for a reason, even if that reason isn't apparent to humans.

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